Run with endurance this life God has put before you - Hebrews 12:1
Come what may; I want to run - 2 Samuel 18:23
I cannot live without books. ~ Thomas Jefferson
The Latest News: I am a bibliophile. I love to read book. I collect books. I rescue books from people's curbside trash on my runs. I have over 1200 books in my house!
I am pleased to announce I am an affiliate of Bookshop.org. Disclosure: As an affiliate of Bookshop.org I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.
I am also an ordinary ultrarunner. I have finished eight 50 mile ultras, three 100 mile ultras, six 24-hour, 1 48-hour ultra, and one 60 hour ultra. I also ran several virtual ultras and marathons during the Covid-19 pandemic.
I began running ultras after watching Leslie Stahl interview elite world-class ultarunners Dean Karnazes and Pam Reed on 60 Minutes in 2004. I have been running ultras since 2005. Prior to running ultras, I completed nine marathons, eight half-marathons, one 10 miler, and five 5Ks. I have been running competitively since 1989. Here is my ultrasignup results page.
I am a published author, freelance writer, interviewer, and book reviewer. You can read my publications in the Writing Life tab. In my blog you'll find interviews with ultrarunners, such as Jacob Moss, Kevin Hoegler, Dean Karnazes, Camille Herron, Bart Yasso, Charlie Engle, Pamela Chapman Markle, Catra Corbett, Gene Dykes, and Peter Morgan.I write book reviews, and articles about gardening, the national parks, spirituality, cancer caregiving, and more.
I am a cancer caregiver. I have been running virtual ultrarunning events during the Covid-19 pandemic to raise money for a GoFundMe campaign I established - Ultra Care for Cancer Caregivers. To learn more about the inspiration for this campaign and to donate, visit GoFundMe - Ultra Care for Cancer Caregivers. Please nominate a cancer caregiver to be a recipient of the fund. Meet our generous donors and grateful recipients in our newsletters.
I am an ordinary ultrarunner. I have finished eight 50 mile ultras, three 100 mile ultras, six 24-hour, one 48-hour ultra, and one 60-hour ultra.
I began running ultras after watching Leslie Stahl interview elite world-class ultarunners Dean Karnazes and Pam Reed on 60 Minutes in 2004. I have been running ultras since 2005. Prior to running ultras, I completed nine marathons, eight half-marathons, one 10 miler, and five 5Ks. I have been running competitively since 1989.
My article, The Asectic Life of the Ultrarunner, is published in the fall 2018 issue of Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality.
I am a featured speaker in The Ultra Running Summit Series. In this online interview series hosted by Erik Bromell, I, along with other endurance athletes, including elite ultrarunners such as Ann Trason, share how we train our mind, body, and soul for endurance events, and much more. To listen to these interviews, click here.
In 2017 Ron Meyer, host of Blessed2Play, interviewed me about my ultrarunning, faith, and overcoming adversity. Click here to listen to the interview. Since then I have been interviewed on several podcasts. You can listen to here.
I am retired and was been an academic over 30 years. I have a M.Ed. in Second Language Education, and a M.A. in Theology/Ministry. I am ABD Th.D. in Christian Spirituality. I taught college academic ESL, first year writing, theology, and religious studies. I am the author of English for Pharmacy Writing and Oral Communication.
I am a freelance writer. I have been published in Women's Running Magazine, Running Competitor, Ultrarunning Magazine, Ultrarunning World., Chicken Soup for the Soul - Running for Good, How to Survive Your Freshman Year, and in other publication. You will find my articles in the Writing Life tab.
l love the outdoors and nature. My husband and I love our national parks. The National Parks link and National Park II link will take you to our hiking adventures in 24 of America's beautiful national parks, so far! I really want to be a park ranger!
In 2012 I endured an unexpected surgical error and medical nightmare which almost cost me my life. What helped me to endure this unimaginable adversity was my years of ultrarunning. I wrote about the experience in Come What May; I Want to Run: How Ultrarunning Saved my Life. You can also read about my experience and what the scholarly research says about the role of faith, spirituality, and scripture in patient healing and resiliency in my peer-reviewed article published in International Journal for Human Caring. To read it, click the PDF.
I am also working on my memoir, knitting afghans and scarves, painting on canvas, and training for my 30th ultra - the Dawn to Dusk to Dawn 24-hour track ultra.
Thank you for visiting my website and blog.